VanCoug Alerts

Area bomb threats are a hoax

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 12:37pm

The Washington State Fusion Center (WSFC) is aware of and monitoring a bomb threat email campaign being distributed throughout Washington state and the nation. The campagin appears to be reaching every sector--public and private. The WSFC assesses with high confidence this campaign is a hoax in an effort to get funds via a cryptocurrency account.

WSU Vancouver has NOT received a bomb threat at this time.

If you receive one of these emails DO NOT open attachments, DO NOT click on links, and DO NOT transfer funds to the specified cryptocurrency account.

Lockdown Drill Wednesday 10/10/18

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:34am

The semester WSU Vancouver campus Lockdown drill is scheduled to take place on Wednesday October 10, 2018 from 10:45-11:00 AM.

The Lockdown Drill simulates the presence of a hostile intruder, which triggers a campus-wide lockdown that will be broadcast using WSU Vancouver emergency announcing systems.

During all emergencies students, staff, and faculty should be ALERT to developing incidents, ASSESS the situation, and ACT to ensure their own safety.

Due to the increase in campus emergencies nationwide, we strongly encourage faculty teaching classes to participate by:

·       Manually lock doors when the lockdown is announced

·       Use the time to educate students, staff and visitors about how to respond lockdown procedures. A slide deck you may present to your class is attached.

·       Rehearsing appropriate actions, e.g. covering windows, turning off lights, huddling away from windows and doors, and evacuating the classroom.

The drill is designed to test mechanical systems, announcing systems, and provide awareness regarding campus response to emergency situations.

The drill will begin at 10:45 AM and is expected to last approximately 15-20 minutes. The drill will be announced using the mass notification system and will include remote locking of all campus exterior doors. Public Safety, Facilities staff, and campus safety staff will be checking mechanical system compliance and monitoring response to the drill.

At the conclusion of the drill, an “ALL CLEAR” will be announced and remotely controlled building exterior doors will be unlocked.

If you’d like to learn more about how to survive an active shooter event, the City of Houston, Texas has produced a five-minute video that promotes thoughtful consideration about what to do during an emergency. View it at:

Your consideration and cooperation during the Lockdown Drill is deeply appreciated.


FEMA Test of Wireless Emergency Alert

Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:08am

National Test of EAS and WEA Alert Systems on Wednesday

On Wednesday, October 3 FEMA will conduct a national test of the Wireless Emergency Alert System (WEA) at 11:18 AM followed by a test of the Emergency Alert System Test (EAS) at 11:20 AM. At 11:18 all alert capable cell phones should receive a special alert tone and message at 11:18 AM. Phones should only receive the message once. You do not need to take any action after receiving the message. This is a national level test, and there is no opt-out for this test. If you do not wish to be alerted, we recommend turning your phone off for a few minutes at the time of the test rather than adjusting any phone settings. If you change the alert settings on your phone, you may miss future critical alerts including Amber Alerts and local severe weather warnings. For more information regarding this test, please click the attached link.

This test is DIFFERENT than the system we utilize in Clark County, WA to notify you of local emergencies. To sign up for that system, please visit